Acura RDX vs. Cadillac XT5 vs Lincoln Corsair vs INFINITI QX50 vs Lexus NX

Acura RDX vs. Cadillac XT5 vs. Lincoln Corsair vs. Lexus NX vs. INFINITI QX50

Offering smart versatility, capable performance, and unparalleled luxury — compact luxury SUVs have quickly become a hit with drivers. With new entrants joining the segment each year, shoppers now have a variety of options to choose from. While finding the right model to suit your needs and lifestyle might seem difficult, Motorcars Acura wants to help clear up the confusion. In this competitive comparison, you’ll learn exactly how the Acura RDX measures up against its biggest rivals including the Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Corsair, INFINITI QX50, and Lexus NX.

Acura RDX vs The Competition – Quick Comparison

2022 Acura RDX VS 2022 Cadillac XT5 2022 Lincoln Corsair 2022 INFINITI QX50 2022 Lexus NX
Standard Power Sunroof Optional Optional Requires Higher Trim Optional
10 Transmission Speeds 9 8 CVT 6
104 cubic feet Passenger Volume 104 cubic feet 102 cubic feet 104 cubic feet 72 cubic feet
Standard Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Requires Higher Trim Not Available Standard

Acura RDX vs Cadillac XT5

Acura RDX
Cadillac XT5
2022 Acura RDX Base FWD VS 2022 Cadillac XT5 Base
$39,300* ✓ MSRP* $43,995
280 lb ft ✓ Torque 258 lb ft
10-Speed Automatic ✓ Transmission 9-Speed Automatic
22 / 28 / 24** ✓ MPG** (city/hwy/combined) 21 / 28 / 24
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Requires Higher Trim Level
Collision Mitigation Braking System ✓ Intelligent Brake Assist Requires Higher Trim Level
19-inch ✓ Wheel Size 18-inch
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
LED low/high beam Headlamp Type LED
Driver / Passenger ✓ Heated Seats Optional
Standard ✓ Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror Not Available

Our first challenger to go up against the Acura RDX is the Cadillac XT5. Looking at base trim levels, the starting MSRP of the RDX is $5,595 less than the XT5. Outstanding value is a core strength of the RDX which we’ll investigate further.

Standard features found on the RDX add convenience, style, and confidence while Cadillac shoppers will have to reach deeper into their wallets in order to receive similar equipment. Heated seats for the driver and front passenger, a power sunroof, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror are each examples of standard features on the RDX. Larger 19-inch wheels offer a more stylish look than the 18-inch wheels on the Cadillac.

When it comes to performance and efficiency, the Acura RDX delivers more than the Cadillac XT5. Not only does the RDX have greater torque than the XT5, it’s also more fuel efficient. A more sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission contributes to the MPG figures while providing greater response.

Driver-assistive technologies help inspire confidence behind the wheel of the Acura RDX. A standard Collision Mitigation Braking System can apply the brakes automatically to help avoid a potential collision. Also helpful in stop-and-go traffic, the RDX comes equipped with adaptive cruise control to help you maintain an appropriate following distance to the vehicle in front.

Acura RDX vs Lincoln Corsair

Acura RDX
Lincoln Corsair
2022 Acura RDX Base FWD VS 2022 Lincoln Corsair
272 ✓ Horsepower 250
280 lb ft Torque 280 lb ft
10-Speed Automatic Transmission 10-Speed Automatic
21 / 27 / 23** ✓ MPG** (city/hwy/combined) 21 / 29 / 24
19-inches ✓ Wheel Size 18-inches
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
HomeLink ✓ Garage Door Transmitter Optional
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
Collision Mitigation Braking System Intelligent Brake Assist Standard
58.9 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Volume 57.6 cubic feet
104 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Passenger Volume 102 cubic feet

Third on our list of competitors for the dynamic Acura RDX is the INFINITI QX50. Although they share very similar base prices, that’s where the similarities between these two end. The RDX has the edge when it comes to horsepower and also benefits from an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission for more responsive acceleration at all speeds. Although both SUVs have standard smartphone integration, it’s the RDX that boats wireless connectivity for greater convenience and ease of use.

Similarly, you’ll appreciate the superior listening experience inside the Acura RDX that’s made possible by the standard 9-speaker audio system. There’s also a larger 10-inch touchscreen display for easier access to your favorite apps and media. At the touch of a button, you can open its standard panoramic sunroof to fill the cabin of the RDX with fresh air and natural sunlight.

Finally, the clear favorite in terms of cutting-edge safety technology is the Acura RDX. Standard features found across the model range include Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist. These great features are either entirely unavailable or require a higher trim level of the INFINITI QX50.


Acura RDX
2022 Acura RDX Base FWD VS 2022 INFINITI QX50 PURE FWD
$39,300* MSRP* $38,050
272 HP / 280 LB-FT ✓ Horsepower / Torque 268 HP / 280 LB-FT
10-speed automatic ✓ Transmission Type CVT
Wireless Apple CarPlay/AndroidAuto ✓ Smartphone Integration Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
9 ✓ Number of Speakers 6
10 inches ✓ Touchscreen Display Size 8 inches
Standard ✓ Traffic Sign Recognition Not Available
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard ✓ Lane Keep Assist Not Available
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Not Available

The Buick Envision – a major competitor to the Acura RDX – has had a thorough redesign, and it’s improved in several categories. It offers more room than the previous generation Envision, and the fuel economy is improved. Some of its tech, like the infotainment screen and adaptive cruise control, is pretty evenly matched with the Acura RDX.

However, when it comes to power and performance, the Acura RDX simply blows the Buick Envision out of the water. Inside, you’ll find more cargo room, as well as more leg and shoulder room front and rear. In addition, the premium audio system included in the Acura has twice as many speakers as the system in the Buick.

You also don’t get a power sunroof in the Buick – that’s a $1,450 option. On top of the $860 premium you’ll pay for the Buick over the Acura, that’s a bridge too far. After all is said and done, the Buick is a far worse value than the Acura RDX, which offers more room, more performance, and features that the Buick cannot match at any price.

Acura RDX vs Lexus NX

Acura RDX
Lexus NX
2022 Acura RDX Base FWD VS 2022 Lexus NX 250 FWD
272 / 280 lb ft ✓ Horsepower / Torque 203 / 184 lb-ft
20 inches ✓ Wheel Size 18 inches
Power Liftgate w/ key fob controls ✓ Rear Cargo Door Manual Liftgate
Standard ✓ Power Sunroof Optional
16 ✓ Number of Speakers 8
Standard ✓ Heated / Ventilated Seats Optional
Driver ✓ Seat Memory Optional
Standard ✓ Integrated Navigation Optional
58.9 cubic feet ✓ Maximum Cargo Capacity 54.6 cubic feet
104 cubic feet ✓ Passenger Volume 72 cubic feet

Our final competitor to go up against the Acura RDX is the Lexus NX. One glance at the performance data makes it clear that the RDX gives you more horsepower and torque for an exhilarating driving experience. Its standard 20-inch wheels give it a commanding stance and eye-catching side profile.

When you choose the RDX, you’ll have access to an array of innovative technology features. Standard blind spot monitoring along with front and rear parking sensors each provide greater confidence while protecting you from the unexpected. A power rear liftgate on the RDX makes it easy to access the rear cargo area.

There are plenty of luxurious features which are included as standard inside the Acura RDX. The front seats feature heating and ventilation functions along with seat memory for the driver. A standard sunroof brings fresh air and sunlight into the cabin at the press of a button. Giving you an unmatched audio experience, the RDX offers double the amount of speakers of the Lexus NX.

Winner -- Acura RDX

After going head-to-head against the Cadillac XT5, Lincoln Corsair, Buick Envision, and Lexus NX — the winner of this competitive comparison is the Acura RDX. The competition simply cannot compete with the groundbreaking technology, premium standard features, exceptional value, and impressive efficiency found on the RDX. Motorcars Acura cordially invites you to come experience all that the Acura RDX has to offer.

*Prices shown are Acura suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license or destination and handling charge. Acura vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

**Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors.